How to fix: Android Samsung Galaxy S2 not recognized on Linux

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Problem:

I was facing problems connecting my Samsung Galaxy S2 on Ubuntu, which is particularly annoying bearing in mind the total lack of support by Samsung for Linux (even Kies is of no use). Strange enough, it works flawlessly on Windows 7, where it recognises it instantly and I can transfer files between my phone and computer.
When I plug it into my Linux machine, it is recognised and I can see the contents of the root of /sdcard and the SD card but I cannot access the contents of any file or folder as all the folders are empty.
When I connect my phone to USB there is no “mount USB” option but just MTP application in the home screen.

Fix:

I will call it a work around rather than a fix. Here is how to do it in steps:

  • On your android phone, go to Application->Settings
  • In there, go to Wirelessand Network and select USB Utilities
  • Click on Connect Storage to PC
  • A message should pop up: Connect USB cable to use mass storage
  • Now connect the USB cable to computer
  • A green android robot should be on display with an option of “Connect USB storage“, click on it
  • The green robot turns orange now and now you can access the files on the SD card of your phone

Hope that solves your problem. Questions and feedbacks are always welcomed. Enjoy :)